By Edouard Aldahdah
Posted on April 11th, 2013 in General
Few passages from Lady Anne Blunt’s (LAB) Journal and Correspondence have left me thinking more than this one, from May 14, 1906:
“Saw Mutlak for some time going through old list I had of families in various tribes, owners of special strains of blood. Found most of them correct.”
How I wish I had access to LAB’s list. Over the past twenty years I have been compiling from various sources and updating a list of Bedouin sheykhs, notables and rank-and-file warriors and trying to match these to strains of blood (marabet) associated with them. The list is pretty extensive for the Shammar and ‘Anazah (in all its branches) tribes of Northern Arabia, but thinner for the other tribes.
I will be publishing this list progressively here.